Maria is a Partner at Stephensons and manages the civil and employment discrimination team.
Maria studied law at Newcastle University and thereafter went on to study the LPC at the College of Law, York.
She joined Stephensons in 2006 as a graduate paralegal in the family department and shortly thereafter secured her training contract with the firm.
During her training contract Maria held seats in the family, consumer, housing and commercial employment departments.
In September 2009 Maria qualified as a solicitor into the civil litigation team and managed a caseload of a varied range of consumer related matters.
In March 2011 she joined the private family law team, specialising in divorce, ancillary relief, children matters and specifically cases involving domestic abuse.
In August 2015 she was appointed manager of the civil and employment discrimination team and was made a partner in 2019. She is supervised by Philip Richardson.
Maria is a member of the Discrimination Law Association and the Employment Lawyers Association.
Areas of specialism
- Claims under the Equality Act 2010
- Engaging in pre-action correspondence and negotiations
- Advising and representing claimants on a wide range of employment and civil matters
- Dealing with both civil and employment litigation and dispute resolution
"Outstanding and very supportive thank you so much and hope I never need u again but if I ever did would know where go" - View from a satisfied client
"You and all your staff have helped me and been so very very kind and understanding. I'd like to say a big big thank you to you all." - View from a satisfied client
"I just wanted to show my appreciation for all the hard work you put into my case. The end of last year was so hard, I never thought I could make it through but I did. When I felt like I wanted to give up you called me and said 'let us try and help you' and as a team you did just that. Thank you." - View from a satisfied client
"I know that we are not finished with the case yet but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you so much for getting me to the point where I don't have to worry about the rent arrears that had built up. I really appreciate all your hard work and also the team that work with you. You've all been amazing." - View from a satisfied client
"Clear understandable information. Felt that I was important to the staff and they always phoned when they said they would." - View from a satisfied client
"You are fair and trustworthy. Very thorough and cover every possible angle. You are pleasant and take notice of your clients." - View from a satisfied client
"An efficient and friendly service" - View from a satisfied client
"I would like to thank you, Maria and Lucy for assisting me in everything and explaining everything to me. I'm really grateful for your hard work. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" - View from a satisfied client
In the media
Maria is a senior associate solicitor and manages the civil and employment discrimination team at Stephensons.
Maria advises individuals who are have fallen victim to discrimination by their employer and/or an organisation in the public sector, a business providing a service, or, a private club, society or organisation.
Maria’s expertise in this area of law means that she is often called upon to provide comment by the media and has appeared online and in national press titles such as:
The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph - Virgin drops drag queen 'for being a woman'
She has also provided expert comment in sector titles including: